State Police have arrested a Baton Rouge man after he threatened to kill troopers and other law enforcement officers during a traffic stop. 42-year-old Melvin Amar, Jr. was pulled over when he was observed driving a pickup truck with no tag and he was not wearing a seatbelt. Trooper Bryan Lee says during the course of the stop, Amar started making threats.
"At one point, he pointed his finger at the trooper, gesturing as if he had a gun and told the trooper that he would shoot him, making shooting gestures with his hand," said Lee.
Lee says after the initial threat, Amar was cuffed and put in the back of the patrol, but he kept up with the threats.
"Amar continued to be irate, kicking his windows and continuing to make threats against that trooper and his family," said Lee.
Lee says Amar also made threats against law enforcement by referencing the 2016 Baton Rouge Police shooting that left three officers dead during an ambush.
"Any threats to anyone we take those seriously, especially with the things that we deal with in having to maintain our safety as well as the safety of others," says Lee.
Amar was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail and was found to be in possession of marijuana and Xanax. He was booked and charged with the following: Simple Assault, two counts of Public Intimidation, two counts of Introducing Contraband into a Penal Facility, Possession of a Schedule I Drug, Possession of a Schedule II Drug, No Seat Belt, No Inspection Sticker, and No Insurance.